Matchday 1 of the 32nd Africa Cup of Nations kicks off this Friday, 21 June, when hosts Egypt face Zimbabwe. Nigeria takes on Burundi the following day
The 32nd Africa Cup of Nations begins this Friday, 21 June, with host nation and most successful team of the competition Egypt playing against Zimbabwe, eyeing their eighth cup. The next day, the Super Eagles take to the pitch to clash against Burundi. The question is: will our boys show good form and claim their fourth title? Read on to learn the odds for these and several other interesting Round 1 Africa Cup of Nations matches.
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Record titleholders at seven wins, Egypt should use their home advantage to easily down Zimbabwe, who have never advanced past the group stage. This confidence on The Pharaohs puts them at 1.16 odds of taking this one, while their opponents are all the way out at 22.25 to be the unlikely victors of the clash.
The AFCON gets in full swing the following day, Saturday, 22 June, with three scheduled matches. The first one, DR Congo vs Uganda, should beinteresting, according to Oddsshark betters, who put The Leopards slightly ahead at 2.05, in contrast to Uganda’s 3.05 stakes of winning it. A draw comes in at the middle at 3.90.
Now let’s talk about Nigeria. The Super Eagles’ future performance in this Africa Cup of Nations may be a bit of a mystery until now, since the squad lacks major stars and is packed with a new generation of players, but bets still favour them at 1.35 to prevail over AFCON debutants Burundi, who have 11.00 chances of coming out on top.
In the last line-up of the day, powerhouse Guinea should cruise past Madagascar, with the latter coming in at 6.55 to take it, whereas Sily National are priced at 1.54. Betting US$10 of your money on a draw, set at 3.45, could lead to a US$34.50pay-out.
Morocco, Senegal and Algeria are favourites on Sunday’s matches
Sunday’s fixtures look somewhat straightforward, according to betters. Traditional sides Morocco, Senegal and Algeria all take to the pitch leading the stakes to be the victors. Winners of the 1976 edition, Morocco are priced at 1.36 to defeat Namibia, who come in at 8.00 to pull off an upset.
Looking fit to claim their first AFCON Cup, a star-packed Senegal face Tanzania. Featuring skilled players like SadioMané, CheikhouKouyaté and IdrissaGueye, the Lions of Teranga lead bets at 1.32. In stark contrast, Tanzania have never made it past the group stage of the tournament and therefore are priced at 11.50 toprevail.
A very dominating side in the 1980s and winners of the 1990 competition, Algeria wrap up the day against Kenya, another team who have never secured a spot in the knock-out stages of the AFCON. The North African squad lead odds of winning the match at 1.44, whereas Kenya come in at a distant 7.25 to take it, according to Oddsshark.
Ivory Coast edge past South Africa to win match
Monday, 24 June, boasts some interesting line-ups. In Group E, traditional AFCON squads Mali and Tunisia face Mauritania and Angola, respectively. Champions in 2004, Tunisia feature solid players like Ben Youssef and Khaoui, which explains their 1.60 odds of defeating Angola, who stand at 5.65. A tough side to face, Mali, in turn, have 1.74 chances of defeating Mauritania, who are priced at 5.00 to beat the Malian Eagles.
The most interesting clash of Monday, however, should be Ivory Coast x South Africa. Champions in 1992 and 2015, Ivory Coast and their talented players are one of the favourite teams to win the 2019 AFCON. On the other side of the pitch, though, they will be facing South Africa, the 1996 champions and a squad whoshould never be ruled out. Odds favour the Elephants at 2.15, while South Africa come in at 3.45 to win. A draw, on the other hand, is set at 3.00.
2019 Africa Cup of Nations Round 1 Preview:
Friday, 21 June
(1.16) Egypt x Zimbabwe (22.25); draw (5.90)
Saturday, 22 June
(2.05) DR Congo x Uganda (3.90); draw (3.05)
(1.35) Nigeria x Burundi (11.00); draw (4.10)
(1.54) Guinea x Madagascar (6.55); draw (3.45)
Sunday, 23 June
(1.36) Morocco x Namibia (8.00); draw (4.20)
(1.32) Senegal x Tanzania (11.50); draw (4.10)
(1.44) Algeria x Kenya (7.25); draw (3.80)
Monday, 24 June
(2.15) Ivory Coast x South Africa (3.45); draw (3.00)
(1.60) Tunisia x Angola (5.65); draw (3.50)
(1.74) Mali x Mauritania (5.00); draw (3.20)
Tuesday, 25 June
(1.62) Cameroon x Guinea-Bissau (5.80); draw (3.35)
(1.60) Ghana x Benin (5.70); draw (3.40)